First Bibles

If you have been around church for a while you probably participated in or received a bible.  The tradition of putting Bibles into the hands of children continues.  This is one of my favorite traditions.  It is my favorite for so many reasons!  I love putting the Word of God into the hands of children.  I love seeing their faces when their parents/caregivers present this carefully chosen Bible to them.  It’s exciting to sit beside a child and flip through this new Bible and note all the verses marked and comments written – all specific for this child.  The marked passages and comments all made by those who love God and love the child who holds it.

You may think this Bible Presentation Sunday is all about children and families.  You would be wrong.  Bible Presentation Sunday is a great time for all of us to remember the promises we made at baby dedication.  We promised to assist his/her parents in raising him/her in the Word.  We promised to love on this child and support each one on their path to know,  love, and choose Christ.   If you remember these promises, I think Bible Presentation Sunday may become one of your favorite traditions too.

A ripple into Westbrook

Joining the church of Westbrook has been a wonderful and exciting experience. I’m currently on staff as the Director of Student Ministry. However, I’ve been a part of this awesome church family for quite some time through various volunteer efforts. I keep thinking how fortunate I am to be able to learn, rejoice and grow with this God honoring community.

As some of you know, my journey to Westbrook (and Minnesota) began on another continent. I’m originally from Cape Town, South Africa. About 9 years ago, my wife, Rebecca, felt a calling to quit her job and move to the beautiful country of South Africa to serve God through missions. She worked at an AIDS organization, teaching children preventative care and life skills. This is where we met and fell in love (I was her supervisor). We decided to move to America to get married and raise our family. This was probably the hardest and best decision that I have ever made. Hard because I had to leave my entire family for the sake of answering the call of God upon my life. It has become one of the best decisions because I can see all of the spiritual fruit that has grown since then. These fruit include my 3 wonderful children, a loving and supportive wife, and a Westbrook church community that I can call home. I seldom realize the impact one decision can have and how powerful it can be, not only to us but also to those around us. The decision that my wife and I made 9 years ago in Africa has had a ripple effect today and I can’t wait to see what it produces in the future.